The new coarse fishing season got underway on Sunday and early reports suggest that sport was good.
Despite many of us feeling we are a good month behind the seasons both bream and tench have been taken from the Twenty Foot drain at March and I know of a couple of good nets to come off the Whittlesey end to anglers that pre-baited. The Old Nene is a noted winter venue but both Benwick and Floods Ferry produced some good early season action.
A very welcome start to the new campaign and hopes are high that several of our local clubs can attract a few more anglers back onto the miles of unfished fenland waterways.
John Bates has been very pro-active in his efforts to keep the King of the Fens team event running and was rewarded on Sunday with a cracking turnout for Round One on the North Level Drain at Tydd Gote. A string of double figure weights was topped by young Dan Hall with 32lb 1oz taken from the pump section. Dan fished a chopped worm and caster feeder taking a net of tench, bream and perch. Sensas Mark One team mate John Price put 29lb 14oz to the scales taken on the same method from Raisons Bridge. Simon Colclough third 26lb 2oz. Teams: round one went to our local lads Sensas Mark One with 60 points followed by Browning Hotrods on 57, then Sensas Mark One Magic with 57.
The Tydd Gote club match was fished on the Black Dyke Drain which saw Colin Gibbons out in front with a net of small roach and skimmers taken on the whip with pinkie for 6lb 11oz. Carol Davis came second with 6lb 3oz followed by Phil Parnell on 3lb 14 ½ oz.
The club have regular Tuesday and Thursday evening matches, this week at Harolds, draw at Maxeys Bridge at 5.30pm, fishing is from 6-9pm.
Sunday’s Tydd Gote club match will be on Main Road section, Tydd Gote, draw at 11am, fish noon-6pm.
Decoy Lakes have not been easy, particularly the far end strip pools where the fish seem to be all down one end. That was the case in Sunday’s Fenland Rods match fished on the Yew Pool which saw all the leading weights coming from 16 to 20. Top rod was Mel Lutkin he caught on paste fishing a corner peg, weighing in 117lb 3oz. Neil Garner also caught on paste to take second place with 111lb 1oz followed by Kev Lee on 110lb 1oz. Spratt’s AC were at Decoy fishing the Elm Pool, Peter Spriggs 89lb 8oz, runner-up 84lb 6oz Martin Parker, Ted Lloyd 80lb 10oz.
It’s been busy at Buttonhole Fishery. Andy Lawrence took a fine 147lb 14oz net to win a Tuesday evening match. In the Button Hole Qualifier Mark Bradford fished pellet up in the water on peg 18 for a cracking 172lb 2oz. In the latest Qualifier venue expert Andrew Carter topped the field with 148lb 1oz, followed by Lester Pratt 104lb 7oz and Marc Bradford 96lb 1oz.
Ramsey & District Angling Society got their new campaign off to a good start on Sunday at Staffurths Bridge. Duncan Folkes topped the field with 28lb 6oz net of tench and rudd taken on the long pole with chopped worm and caster. Andrew Kilby caught 11lb 15oz, then it was his brother Paul completing the frame with 10lb 10 ½ oz. On Thursday Ramsey have an evening match on the High Numbers of the Forty Foot, draw 6.30pm, fishing 7pm-9pm. Sunday: Heart Foundation Open, on the Forty Foot, draw 8.15am, fishing 10am-3pm.
Townsend Lakes Fishery, Kingfisher Lake: 1 Colin Begbie - peg 19 - 38lb 12oz, 2 Andy Adams - peg 25 - 33lb 14oz, 3 Brendon Strowgler - peg 18 - 27lb 12oz.